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Robert Creeley Letters to Sarah Creeley

Identifier: MSN/MN 3007

Scope and Contents

A small collection of around 30 manuscript items preserved by Sarah H. Creeley, daughter of Robert Creeley. These include short personal letters, postcards, greeting cards, and printed emails, mostly directed to Sarah by her father in the 1990s. Some of these contain enclosures; among these is a small photograph album with a dozen photos, mostly of Creeley and his granddaughter Miranda. Sarah Creeley (b. 7 November 1957) was the daughter of Robert Creeley and Bobbie Lou Hawkins, Creeley's second wife. Creeley was living in Buffalo, New York and Waldoboro, Maine when he sent these notes to Sarah, in Richmond, California. Many appear to have been cover letters for checks directed to Sarah for her half-sister Kirsten, Creeley's stepdaughter from his second marriage. The money appears to have been associated with a family home in New Mexico. Also present are several items relating to Creeley's death and memorial, including his death certificate.


  • Creation: 1973-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1993-2005


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The American poet Robert White Creeley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1926, and attended Harvard before receiving his B.A. from Black Mountain College in 1955. He went on to receive his M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1960. Creeley began teaching at Albuquerque Academy in the late 1950s, and in 1967 joined the English faculty at the University of Buffalo. He stayed there until 2003, when he took a post at Brown University.

Creeley edited The Black Mountain Review (1954-1957), and developed a lasting relationship with Charles Olson, as well as other major poets of his generation. Creeley and Olson's complete correspondence fills ten volumes published by Black Sparrow Press. Creeley is primarily known as a poet, publishing thirty volumes of verse since 1952. His Collected Poems (1982, 2006) are published in two volumes by the University of California Press. His Collected Prose (2001) is published by Dalkey Archive Press.

Creeley married three times, first to Ann MacKinnon, with whom he had four children (one dying at birth). He met his second wife, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, while teaching in New Mexico. They had three daughters together. After twenty years they divorced, in 1976, the same year Creeley met his third wife, Penelope Highton, while travelling in New Zealand. They had two children together. Creeley died in 2005 in Odessa, Texas, of complications resulting from lung disease.


.5 Cubic Feet (1 container)

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A small collection of around 30 manuscript items preserved by Sarah Creeley, daughter of the American poet Robert Creeley. Most are short personal letters or cards directed to Sarah by her father in the 1990s.


The collection is arranged chronologically, one item per folder.

Related Materials

Creeley's papers, including his working manuscripts and personal and business correspondence, are held in the Department of Special Collections, Green Library, Stanford University (Robert Creeley Papers, M0062). Creeley's personal library of more than 6000 volumes, with attendant ephemera, is held in the Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame.

Robert Creeley Letters to Sarah Creeley
Joel Duncan
September 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556